Awer Mabil was today named the Football Federation Australia’s top U20 Male Footballer of the Year for 2014.
Mabil claimed the award after a stellar 2014 for both Adelaide United FC and the Young Socceroos. This is his second award since being named the National Youth League Player of the Year for Season 2012/13.
During the 2014 year, Awer Mabil made 32 appearances and scored 5 goals for the Reds in the Hyundai A-League and 5 appearances and one goal in the Westfield FFA Cup, which the Reds ended up winning the inaugural competition. He also represented the Young Socceroos 8 times and scored 4 goals.
Speaking to club about his award, Awer Mabil was very quick to acknowledge everyone around him and thanked them for helping him achieve yet another award.
“It’s a privilege to be honoured with an award like this and to be seen as the best male U20’s footballer,” said Mabil.
“But I couldn’t do it without my coaches, the players I am with everyday, the club, staff as well as my Young Socceroos teammates.
“The hard work is paying off, but I will keep working even harder, in the hope that 2015 is an even bigger year.
“2014 for me has been another level in all aspects of my game. It was my first year as a professional and was a great year personally and for the team, especially winning the Westfield FFA Cup.
“Looking ahead, in 2015 I would like to score more goals and help my team to achieve more success. We have a special team, and it’s great to be a part of it. We play some of the best football in the competition, and I want to help them do something special.”
In the other professional category awards, Mile Jedinak and Katrina Gorry were named the Football Federation Australia’s top Male and Female Footballers of the Year for 2014, while the Female U20 Footballer of the Year went to Samantha Kerr,
The FFA awards are decided on the votes of National Team coaches and FFA technical and coaching staff.
2014 FFA Footballer of the Year Awards
Footballer of the Year (male): Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace FC
Footballer of the Year (female): Katrina Gorry, Brisbane Roar FC
U20 Footballer of the Year (male): Awer Mabil, Adelaide United
U20 Footballer of the Year (female): Samantha Kerr, Perth Glory